Excellent Support for Crowns and Dentures
If you are missing teeth, dental implants placed and restored by Dr. Gerald M. Lande in Carmel can restore balance, health, and a natural appearance to your smile. These small titanium posts are a landmark restorative dentistry solution that replaces tooth roots by fusing directly to the jaw bone, providing outstanding support for dentures and crowns. Placing dental implants requires at least two surgeries and three to six months of healing time. However, with proper care, dental implants can provide you with the same comfort, dependability and confidence you enjoyed with your natural teeth. Dr. Lande is a unique dentist who performs dental implant surgery and provides subsequent restoration (although in some cases, he may refer surgery to another trusted oral surgeon). To learn more about how dental implants can help you enjoy a better quality of life, please contact us today.
Placing Dental Implants
During the initial surgery, an incision is placed in the gum, and a small pilot hole is drilled into the jaw. Next, the threaded implant is inserted. Digital 3D X-rays will help Dr. Lande determine exactly where the implant should be placed. The gums will be stitched closed over the implant to facilitate osseointegration, a process of the implant becoming fused with the jaw bone. Once this process is complete (typically after three to six months), the second surgery can proceed. Once again, an incision is placed in the gums, exposing the implant. A special abutment is attached to the implant, acting as the point of contact with the crown or denture. The gums are stitched closed around the abutment, leaving it exposed above the gum line. When the gums have healed, Dr. Lande can begin the process of creating the necessary restoration.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide a level of support for restorations that allow patients to speak, chew, and smile with total confidence. You can chew gum or bite into a caramel apple without worrying that your dentures will shift out of place. Meanwhile, dental implants curb the natural process of jaw atrophy that occurs in the absence of tooth roots. If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are the best investment you can make in your oral health and quality of life.
Dental Implants Candidates
Most anyone missing teeth can benefit from dental implants. If you have been missing teeth for an extended period of time, your jaw bone may have begun to atrophy, or lose bone mass, and a bone graft may be required in order to properly accommodate the implant. Typically, non-smokers make the best candidates for this treatment. Nicotine inhibits the ability of the bones to heal, which can result in an unsuccessful osseointegration process. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lande.
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Don't wait any longer to begin experiencing the benefits of a complete, healthy smile again. Contact us today to learn more about how dental implants can benefit you.